Engineer Munir Sarri Al-Jundi, who designed the doors of the Holy Kaaba during the reign of King Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the fourth ruler of Saudi Arabia in the 70s, passed away on Saturday.
According to the details, Al-Jundi, who was born in the Syrian city of Homs, and designed the door of Baitullah Sharif breathed his last breath in southern Germany.
The door of Kaaba was designed in the factory of Sheikh Mahmud bin Badr, a great goldsmith in Makkah. Moreover, the founder of the kingdom, King Saud, had also entrusted the Al Badr family with the responsibility of preparing the gate of Baitullah.
The gate of Baitullah was made in 1398 AH (1977) and 280 kg of pure gold was used in it.
Saudi King Rawa Shah Khalid had offered prayers inside the Baitullah in 1397 AH (according to 1976 AD). After which, it is believed that he assigned the Badr family in Makkah to manufacture the new doors. The doors were completed within a year and a half. He then ordered to make the door of the Kaaba out of pure gold for the Hajj season. Engineer Al-Jundi from Syria was chosen to design the gate.
Munir Sarri Al-Jundi chosen to design the gate of Kaaba
This door was designed in the factory of the great goldsmith in Makkah. The founder of the kingdom, King Saud, had also entrusted the Al Badr family with the responsibility of preparing the gate of Baitullah. Additionally, the gate of Baitullah was made in 1398 AH (1977) and 280 kg of pure gold was used in it.
The Saudi government wanted a Muslim figure to design the door of the Baitullah because his name was to be written on the door. In addition to this, engineer Al-Jundi also has the honor of having his name inscribed on the door of Baitullah as a designer.
Historian Mansour al-Assaf said in a tweet that the door was designed by engineer Al-Jundi. The door was painted by Sheikh Abdul Rahim Al-Bukhari. According to the details, the door is 3 meters high and 2 meters wide. It is about half a meter deep.
Moreover, it consists of two bookends and a wooden base 10 cm thick of teak wood (Maca Mong) from Thailand. It is the most expensive wood in the world.
The engineer had been fortunate enough to be chosen to design the door of the Holy Kaaba. May God have mercy on him, and may his soul rest in peace- Ameen!
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